Making APA Style fun and engaging

The other day a colleague asked me if I would help them create a fun and engaging activity to teach APA citation in the classroom. APA citation, fun and engaging are not terms found in the same sentence often. So this was going to be a challenge! That said, I … Read more

Pick 2: A simple approach to library instruction

Image depicts a young man between 2 paths

Years ago I saw this image popularized on social media and shared by an engineer friend of mine. Such a simple image had a huge impact on me and I have been reflecting on it as I consider my professional teaching philosophy. The image is clean, simple and concise and … Read more

Teaching Philosophy: Building good foundations

I love talking about teaching and more specifically innovative teaching practices. One of my goals this year is to actually sit down and write an official teaching philosophy. A teaching philosophy helps you define your values, goals, and beliefs regarding both teaching and learning. This is really challenging! So I’ve … Read more

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day. No, not for America. For myself. The last time I spoke to my father in any serious capacity was on July 4th, 2019. I have struggled with telling this story because it feels like “too much information” or TMI. Since that day, I’ve reflected a lot and … Read more

Undergraduate Students and the Scholarly Community

I am now the First-Year Experience Technician at Carleton University Library. Over the past year, I have researched theories and practices for teaching undergraduate students and more specifically first-year students about information literacy.  In my research, I uncovered an undergraduate journal article, Dining with Anna Karenina: Opening the Invitation to Burke’s … Read more

Blogging and Metacognition

If you haven’t read Seth Godin’s book Tribes: We need you to lead us do yourself a favour, go out and read it. It is a short read at only 84 pages but it remains one of the most influential 84 pages that I have ever read. That said, I am not … Read more